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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  753 ratings  ·  160 reviews
Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the ...more
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Published July 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
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I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher SourcebooksFire for free in exchange for an honest review and read along with BookBusters. All opinions are my own.

2 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). Click HERE to watch the BookBusters YA club liveshow, where I also share my thoughts about this book! (This is also a spoilery discussion) While the concept of
Release Date: July
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In case the five star rating isn't obvious enough, I loved this story! ~inserts huge grin and lots and lots of fangirling~

It must be difficult being an author in our time and age striving for originality.
Let's face it: The publishing market has been flooded by vampires, demons, zombies, werewolves and so on and on. If it has a paranormal trait, chances are it has been read and re-read by the public.

This one... well some au
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great story with great writing! So many of these pages shined--these two authors are talented ladies, not to mention funny! They often left me chuckling out loud. Anna, Martin and Will were fully realized characters that kept surprising me in awesome ways. And the ending was perfect: unexpected, but somehow exactly what it needed to be. Definitely recommended.
Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I have really been on a historical/magical genre kick lately so I am not sure that I have really given this book a fair shake. I was really intrigued by the premise because like Freud I am intensely curious about dreams and their meanings. I liked that there was no "bad boy" from Annabelle's dreams. I am not a big fan of the whole "bad boy" craze that is currently very popular in YA nowadays so I appreciated that Martin was a nice, likable guy.

I kinda felt that this was interchangeable with man
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Oh if I could conjure up my dream boy in real life I would be sooo happy. Just imagine if you could have your ultimate dream guy as your real life boyfriend. Gah!!! That would be so awesome!

My dream boys...



Either one will do :D I probably wouldn't let them out of the house for fear of losing them.

Anyway, I liked the story at first but when it hit the middle mark my interest waned. Annabelle Manning's personality just didn't appeal to me. She had her dream guy but ran to her bff Will whenever sh
Kristen Lippert-Martin
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OK, first of all, I was totally not expecting this story to be as funny as it was. Annabelle makes some clever and hilarious observations about the small Virginia town where she lives and many of its inhabitants. Add an extremely clever, never-seen-it-before concept to the mix and let me tell you, you're in for a compelling story that manages to scare your pantaloons* off at times and make you go, "awwww" at others. This is a sweet romance blended with otherworldly influence and action. What's n ...more
Carol Riggs
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was very excited to receive a pre-release copy of DREAM BOY from Mary Crockett, for the purpose of doing an interview with her on the Fearless Fifteener blog on July 2, 2014.

This novel is not "just" a chick-lit story, which some people equate with a light, shallow read. This novel has depth, with lots to think about regarding our dreams (nighttime as well as daytime types), the subconscious, and the often blurry line between our desires and our realities. The dialogue and characters were intri
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley.

Fun fact: Every person that has ever shown up in your dreams is someone you’ve seen before. You may have only seen them in passing and not remember seeing them at all, but your mind will reach into your unconscious memories for faces because it can’t create entirely new faces while you sleep. While this has the potential to be really fun (that means any celebrity you like that has seen you eve
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was so interesting! I absolutely love anything involving the subject of dreams. I'll have my review up soon!


Every night, Annabelle has dreams about a boy with blue eyes named Josh. He's her boyfriend in these dreams and they do a lot together. When Annabelle is awake, she even draws pictures of him. She just feels so close to Josh. Then, one day in Chemistry class, Josh just happens to show up at Annabelle's schoo
Jennifer Torres
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! From the moment I opened it, I could not put it down. The characters were amazingly well written and the story was so unique and special. Great writing here. I love when a writer can combine scary, funny, and thrilling all in one amazing story. One of the best reads this summer!
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it

I'm surprised by how much I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know much about it when going into it besides the fact that it has to do with dreams but I got sucked into the story. I didn't really dislike anything about it but it just wasn't something that I loved.
Apr 16, 2014 marked it as arc-declined-but-will-read
Sadly wasn't able to get this as a galley, but I think I might buy it when it comes out. The premise really interests me. ...more
May 27, 2014 added it
Holy wow, this book. I couldn't put it down. I LOVE Annabelle and Will and basically the whole cast. This book is wonderful! ...more
Will Wortner
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got the chance to read Dream Boy as an uncorrected proof though The Scheduled release date is July of this year (2014)
The Quick Review:
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was not at all what I expected. Dream Boy started out with some mystery and anticipation and ended like a thriller. The books combination of love, action, and other components would be comparable to the composition of the Twilight series. The book was especially exciting in the ending third when everyth
Moonlight Gleam
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed on Moonlight Gleam Reviews:

Imagine a world where not only dreams become reality, but so do nightmares…

It all begins with Josh, a blue-eyed hunk who appears in Annabelle’s dreams. Never believing for a moment that he could ever be real, Annabelle’s shocked when a boy who shares his exact physical appearance shows up at her school, introducing himself as Martin Zirkle, the new guy in town. Annabelle can’t help but stalk him every chance she gets, tr
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I must say, rarely does a cover influence my decision on whether or not to read a book, but in this case, I just couldn't pass this one up. What a beautiful design!

If I had to give a one word description of this book, I would say "unique," would be the perfect word. As reading is my favourite pastime and I do so much of it, I can clearly say that I have never read a book with the same plot or concept as this novel.

I liked the way the authors of this book told a story within a story. The main c
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dreams and their interpretations have always interested me, so this book quickly caught my interest. Although I've read something similar to the concept of this novel, it wasn't exactly the same and I found it very imaginative.

I loved Annabelle's voice - she was humorous, sarcastic, and completely believable as an insecure high school girl and I laughed out loud more than once. Having come from a small town myself, her comments about Chilton brought back some memories. As much as I enjoyed Annab
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)

This was an interesting story, but I did have some issues with it in the middle.

I liked Annabelle, Martin, and Will, although Annabelle was so clueless when it came to Will! He was so obviously in love with her, and she had no idea!

The storyline in this was okay, although I felt that things weren’t really explained enough for me. While I could follow most of what happened
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Reality frequently is mundane, boring, sometimes even depressing or sad; but for many, dreams can be an escape. Annabelle and lifelong best friend Will have two years of high school to complete; she just wants time to pass, so she can go to university, escaping the depressing single parent household, making a life for herself through her artistic nature.

It's clear to the reader that Will longs for a deeper relationship than friendship, but Annabelle won't see. Literally, she li
Ally James
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! This is a gorgious story. I am speechless!
I could read it again and again! The characters are so easy to identify with! I LOVE Will! This definitely one of the best, and most suprising books I've read in along time.
I really hope there will be another, because I need to see more of these characters!
Endy Sahara
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am blown away! This book is soooooooo good!
I am flabbergasted at the quality of this book!
I looooooooooooooved it, and anyone who tells you otherwise is insane! Seriously though, you muuuuuuuuuuust read this book! Muuuuuuuuuuust!
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review and many others can be found on my blog:
La Coccinelle
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the first ARC I've read in quite a while. While I've come to rely on reviews when I'm trying to decide whether or not to read something, the synopsis of this book made me want to take a chance and give this one a try. While I wasn't blown away by the book, I do think it has merit and will appeal to other readers.

First, the good. There is actually a pretty imaginative premise to the story. What if the people you dreamed about at night suddenly existed in your waking life? I can't say that
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
If dreams can come true…then so can nightmares

I’ve always been a dreamer. Daydreams. Night dreams. Dreams of grandeur and dreams of escape. If I were an onion and you pulled back the papery outside, you’d find layer after layer of eye-watering dreams. And in the center, where there’s that little curlicue of onion heart? There’d be a puff of smoke from the dreams that burned away.

Close your eyes. (No, not really because you have to read this. ) Pretend. Now imagine young, teen Annabe

Taylor Price
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Personal Response:

This book lacked an initial hook but as the story played out my attention was completely grasped. My opinions completely enriched in what was going to become of Annabelle and Martin, even better annabelle and Will. I wasn't expecting such weird perspectives throughout Annabelle’s life. Even her friends do not portray much of what actual relations with people are like much but it was still so fun to see what Mary Crockett portrays these relationships as.


Annabelle dreamed of
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
OUT's Review

How cool would it be if one of your best dreams came true? How scary would it be if one of your nightmares came true? Dream Boy takes us into a world where just that is possible.

Annabelle could not possibly live in a more ordinary, uninteresting town. Chilton, Virginia- where nothing exciting ever happens. At least she's got her dreams and dream boy to keep her interested at night. Then one day *poof* he shows up at her school. She's sure it's just her mind playing tricks until he c
This story wasn't a disappointment but it wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. I'm a little upset about that but at least it wasn't a total waste!

Summary: Like everyone else Annabelle Manning dreams. And she dreams of the perfect guy her dream boy. But unlike everyone else one day a guy that looks just like her dream guy shows up at her school. Now she has to figure out if it's a coincidence or is it her dream boy for real. And if it is him how did he get there and does she have to worry about o
Courtney LaSalle
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
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ARC Review of Dream Boy SYNOPSIS
Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class. One of friends suspects he’s an alien. A
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this book, courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This book was everything that a YA novel should be! There was a perfect balance between action, witty banter and fantasy. I thought the concept of dreams coming to life was unique and interesting. The characters were strong and well rounded, and felt realistic. The only drawback was that plot was easy to follow, and while it wasn't incredibly obvious, it was predictable. Overall, I thought this was a great,
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dream Boy explores the world of teenage dating through the delightful voice of Annabelle who describes her friends, family, and high school in deliciously witty detail. At the same time, this novel probes deeper questions of loyalty and love amid an intriguing sci-fi fantasy. It is a rare book that provides a suspenseful plot with an emotional core. Teen and adult readers will enjoy watching Annabelle untangle her feelings as she discovers what's real and not real in her life. The dynamics betwe ...more
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Mary Crockett is an award-winning poet and author of the novel HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED. A native of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Mary grew up as the youngest of six children in a family of misfits. She has worked as everything from a history museum director to a toilet seat hand model. In her other life, she teaches creative writing at Roanoke College in Virginia. If you tweet at her, chan ...more

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